Thursday, March 17, 2005

Obesity, food, quality of life: where are the right to lifers?


Researchers said based on the current obesity levels life spans could fall by between four months and nine months.

If the rise in obesity - 50% a decade in both the 1980s and 1990s - was not stopped, the team said it could fall by two to five years within decades.

One in three Americans are now obese and the largest increases have been seen in children, the team led by the University of Illinois said.

The report, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, warned obesity could cut an individual's life expectancy by between five and 20 years as it increased the risk of dying early from heart disease, diabetes, cancer and kidney failure.

It's not just obesity; consider zinc...


The RDA for zinc is quite high for children relative to the body weight of an adult.

Unless a kid is on Atkins, and likes oysters and pumpkin seeds, it's not simple for him to get enough zinc, because at most, under the best circumstances, 60% of all zinc ingested is not absorbed by the body.

This is serious, because this stuff's needed for a kid's brain, among other things.

Junk food consumption increases the need for zinc.

This gets me back to the title of my post: diet is going to be killing lots of kids. Where are the right to lifers?

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